Reading List

We’ve put together a list of books you might find helpful and
interesting as you start your practice, or continue your studies. We carry many of these at 
our Los Angeles and Santa Monica centers, and many are available at local 
bookstores as well. We have created a store using Amazon and if you order from 
them, a small percentage will be donated to Against the Stream. We will receive
 a percentage of anything else you order after entering the Amazon site. Click on the section title to be taken to that portion of the store with more info on each book.


  • Mindfulness 
in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana
  • A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
  • The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera


  • Buddhism: 
A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith – one of the best basic books there is for
    general information on Buddhism
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • A Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Against the Stream by Noah Levine
  • Eight-Fold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by Mark Epstein
  • Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom by Joseph Goldstein
  • Life of the Buddha – Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
  • Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  • Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
  • Spirit of the Buddha by Martine Batchelor
  • The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Thoughts Without a Thinker by Mark Epstein
  • Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
  • Lovingkindness- The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg


  • In the Buddha’s Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • Satipatthana: Direct Path to Realization by Analayo
  • The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
  • The Connected Discourses of the Buddha by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  • The Dhammapada translated by Gil Fronsdal
  • The Long Discourses of the Buddha by Maurice Walshe

Further Reading

  • A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery by Kevin
  • A Year to Live by Stephen Levine
  • After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor
  • Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation by Larry
  • Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hans
  • Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
  • Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor
  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt
  • Dharma Punx by Noah Levine
  • Embracing the Beloved by Stephen Levine
  • Food for the Heart by Ajahn Chah
  • Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha’s Teaching on Voidness by Buddhadasa
  • Living with the Devil by Stephen Batchelor
  • The Sound of Silence by Ajahn Sumedho
  • Who Dies by Stephen Levine
  • Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens by Diana Winston